We finally set our awning up this weekend. We tried last year and found the aluminum pins in the vertical poles were bent. Replaced them and color coded the the two halves of each vertical and horizontal poles. Of course, being Green Bay Packers fans, I used green electrical tape for the vertical poles, and yellow for horizontal poles. This way we always know which half is vertical or horizontal. Bought the Camco awning hold down kit, and works well. Luckily no rain yet.